Thanksgiving (or Harvest Festival) is a great time to bake

If you are going to bake once a year, it’s usually in the autumn.  The first chilly nights inspire you to turn on the oven.  The first dark evenings make you crave soup.  Soup makes you want bread….it’s really that Read More …

Virtuous Bread and the School of Artisan Food are thrilled to launch the Small Food Awards

The School of Artisan Food and Virtuous Bread are delighted to launch the first annual Small Food Awards. These awards will celebrate small, professional food producers in the UK who are often on the leading edge of innovation and excellence in the food industry. In 2016 we Read More …

The mental health benefits of baking your own bread

Hand made bread is delicious and, thankfully, it’s much easer to buy it than it used to be.  Consumers’ interest in high quality, small batch, local products is large and growing – in fact it’s one of the main food Read More …

Of lack and longing

Many people focus on what they don’t have.  You may know them: everything about what they say and what they do reinforces how their life is incomplete.  In general, they speak one of two languages:  the language of lack or Read More …

How do I store my sourdough starter?

I recently received a question about keeping sourdough starters.  The writer had the sad experience that his starter went mouldy and died.  What, he asked, could he do to prevent this from happening given that he uses his starter once Read More …

How do I make vegan bread?

Is bread vegan?  If it is plain old bread, yes it is given that it is made of flour, water, salt and yeast.  Sweet bread, on the other hand is typically enriched with milk, eggs, and butter.  Not vegan.  Not Read More …

How to bake the perfect ciabatta – second place in the great ciabatta bake off

“Excellent flavour…chewy, I like chewy…..holes not too big….nice crust.”  Second place in the great ciabatta bake off goes to….the recipe we used at La Puerta Abierta bakery in Mexico City. This recipe does have a biga, like the third prize Read More …

How to bake the perfect ciabatta – third place in the great ciabatta bake off

“Ahhh,”…..they said…..,”this one has more flavour…and is more chewy” and so it was, the third prize in the great ciabatta bake off was announced. Hard on the heels of the fourth place winner, comes the ciabatta recipe from the American Read More …

How to bake the perfect ciabatta – fourth place in the ciabatta bake off

Fourth in the great ciabatta bake off goes to a recipe based on that of Paul Hollywood and it’s a nice all rounder. The judges pronounced it “tasty with a nice texture and crumb structure”.  The flavour was good, and the Read More …

How to bake the perfect baguette – comparing four different recipes for delicious baguettes

One of the most important things to remember in life is that there are many ways to do the same thing.  With a few exceptions – and these fall into the realm of science – life, the universe, and everything Read More …